Faith-based Steroid Addiction Treatment
Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs producing the same effects as male hormones like testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. By stimulating protein synthesis to promote growth of cellular tissue (anabolism) in muscles, anabolic steroids are frequently used and abused by male and female weight lifters, athletes and men wishing to add muscle to their body. Anabolic steroids are also used medically to increase bone growth, stimulate appetite and relieve symptom of AIDS and cancer. If you or a loved one are abusing steroids and need help, call Road to Freedom today for help: (844) 402-3605
Steroids and the Brain
When abused, steroids have been shown in neurological studies to severely damage or kill different types of cells essential for overall health. Brain cells are especially impacted by a steroid addiction. In fact, long-term abuse of anabolic steroids can cause permanent changes in the central nervous system detrimental to cognition, mood and impulse control.
Steroids destabilize dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, two neurotransmitters responsible for regulating emotions, motivation, sleep and appetite. Dopamine also controls the brain's pleasure and reward systems which are known to be involved in addiction. Serotonin plays a significant role in the development of depression and anxiety, especially when receptors providing the brain with enough serotonin are prevented from releasing serotonin. It is not uncommon for steroid addicts to become severely depressed, angry and even suicidal because of the negative effects steroids have on the brain.
Dangers of Abusing Steroids
Steroid abusers are known to "stack" or combine several different kinds of steroids to enhance the effect of steroids on their muscle mass and strength. "Pyramiding" is another method of abusing steroids that involves the gradual increase of doses and frequency of using steroids.
Short term effects of steroid abuse include paranoia, delusional thinking, extreme moodiness, aggressiveness and violent behavior ('roid" rage).
Long-term effects of anabolic steroid abuse include kidney, liver and heart dysfunction. If abuse of steroids continues, the user may suffer an enlarged heart, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Christian Steroid Detoxification - the First Step in Recovery"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance" James 1:2-3
Signs that a steroid addict should seek medical detoxification include:
- Obsession with all things associated with steroids (bulking up, needles, dealers selling illegal steroids, hanging out with other steroid addicts)
- Continues using steroids even though it causes them harm (loss of relationships, encounters with law enforcement due to "roid" rage, unemployment, etc)
- Denies having a steroid addiction although the negative effects of their addiction continues accumulating in their life
- Steals from others to fund their steroid addiction
- Tries to control everyone they wish to hide their addiction from by manipulating them, i.e. lying about all aspects of their life, deliberately pitting one family member against another for selfish reasons and doing anything to prevent their addiction from being exposed
- Engages is paranoid thinking. Steroid addicts may think they are being followed by "shadow people" or suspect strangers are "out to get them". Steroid addicts have been known to sleep in closets or cover their windows with black curtains because of paranoid thoughts
Our Christian drug abuse treatment center offers the kind of professional, caring services based on Biblical values that are needed by those seeking to end their steroid addiction. If you or a loved one is suffering a steroid abuse problem, don't wait until the addiction has caused serious mental or physical conditions that cannot be reversed. Call us today at (844) 402-3605.
Detoxification is the first phase of treatment in any addiction recovery program. When you or a loved one enters medical detox, you are placed in a hospital-like setting staffed by Christian health care professionals skilled at managing acute and potentially dangerous side effects of ceasing a steroid, drug or alcohol addiction.
However, detoxification alone does not address the physical and psychological problems associated with addiction. It does, however, remove all traces of addictive substances from the body and also allows our addiction specialists to determine if certain behaviors are due to an undiagnosed mental illness or were side effects of a steroid addiction.
Following detox, steroid abusers will begin intensive individual counseling with one of our caring and experienced Christian addiction therapists. Individual addiction counseling is a necessary part of the recovery process that involves a steroid user and their therapist exploring the destructiveness of addictive behaviors through studying Biblical scripture, engaging in cognitive behavioral therapy and learning how the power of God can help you lead a good life. One-on-one counseling attempts to discover why you or a loved one has come to this point in their life — a point where an addiction to steroids takes precedent over their relationship with God, personal responsibility and relationships with people they love.
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Conducted in a confidential, safe environment, individual counseling at our drug addiction center involves Christian counselors helping our clients identify and challenge aspects of their lives that have not provided them with the meaning and satisfaction. This type of forthright communication between clients and counselors is not only essential to the recovery process but also encourages clients to engage in therapeutic self-talk, self-examination and strengthening their personal relationship with God.
As Christian-based therapy progresses, men recovering from a steroid addiction start to gain a deeper awareness and appreciation of what it means to be a healthy, sober, goal-oriented Christian. Consequently, clients in our substance abuse program will experience a variety of intense emotions ranging from excitement to regret to fear of whether they can cope without the euphoric effects of steroids. However, we take the time to ensure our patients are carefully and empathetically guided through dealing with disturbing emotions that often arise during the recovery process.
We also have a variety of aftercare programs for those completing their program that help recovering steroid abusers maintain sobriety during their transition from addict to a productive member of society living by Christian beliefs and values. If you or someone you care about is abusing steroids or other drugs, please call us today to speak to one of our compassionate staff members.
Healing the Spirit with Christian Steroid Addiction Treatment
Steroid abusers trapped in the destructive snare of addiction feel constant fear and anxiety when they are unable find enough steroids to satisfy their cravings. For them, the possibility of attaining inner peace seems as unreal as the possibility of ever leading a sober life. Consequently, the spiritual aspect of life that comprises much of what a person calls his "self" or "self-identity" is lost in the chaos of addiction-fueled depression and hopelessness.
You or a loved one may enter our treatment program feeling broken and hopeless after years of abusing steroids, alcohol or other drugs. Many people who abuse substances feel a deep sense of shame, or feel unworthy of being loved. At Road to Freedom, we believe everyone deserves a fresh start and a real chance at a new life that's free from addiction and enriched with the power of Christ.
We also believe the role a family plays in any addiction treatment program is vital to a successful recovery. For this reason, addiction counselors may meet with families as a group and individually to provide counseling and insight. In addition, family and close friends of steroid abusers will be informed about what is expected of them during their loved one's time in detox as well as in the person's recovery to help their loved one defeat a steroid addiction and live according to how God expected us to live.
Call Today to Learn More About Our Steroid Addiction Treatment Program
Recovering from a steroid addiction and maintaining sobriety is entirely possible but attempting to do it alone almost always results in relapse. Never hesitate to reach out for help at Road to Freedom. We are here to provide the kind of Christian-based addiction recovery treatment meant to show our clients how the power of Christ can fill their spirit and lead them to the serenity, peace and happiness they deserve. Call today for immediate help (844) 402-3605.